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Chin Takes the Win for ATCS on Home Ground A gapping hole, a broken clutch and some good luck were some the dramas in the Asian Touring Car Series Race 1 during the Asian Festival of Speed at the Sepang International Circuit today. Malaysia's...

Chin Takes the Win for ATCS on Home Ground

A gapping hole, a broken clutch and some good luck were some the dramas in the Asian Touring Car Series Race 1 during the Asian Festival of Speed at the Sepang International Circuit today.

Malaysia's Chin Tzer Jinn bagged the win after clocking a total time of 25:06.753s in the 10 lap race around the 5.543km circuit.

Another Malaysian and the series' Division Two defending champion Eric Yeo emerged second while current championship point leader Cheung Chi Sin of Hong Kong took third spot.

Chin, who had an average start, kept his distance from a Turn 1 incident ahead of him and pounced at the first chance to snatch the lead in Lap 3.

"Knowing that the leading pack would be fighting for position, I kept my distance but as soon I had a clear track I made my move and held my position," said Chin.

Chin's race was made a little easier as Yeo suffered a clutch failure.

"Sometime in Lap 3 my clutch failed to engage and I was forced to drive without it with seven laps to go," said Yeo.

"Although I had some bad luck I am very happy to have been able to hold my position in second place," added Yeo who's team will be working flatout to get the car back in racing condition.

"The second race will be held in the morning so everyone will be working double time to get it rectified," he said. It was almost a similar situation for Cheung as he crossed the finish line with a broken suspension.

"In the mid point of the race, Frank (Yee) hit me and I broke my suspension forcing me to hold the car together for the remaining laps but I'm happy I managed to and keep my championship hunt alive," said Cheung.

Nevertheless, Cheung did have some good fortune as well. Running in fifth place on Lap 2 with Harry Chai and Gary Sham in third and fourth respectively, both of the drivers ahead of him experienced car malfunction.

Harry was first to pit on Lap 4 and two laps later Gary had to retire making the third podium spot Cheung's for the taking.

-credit: afos

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